With all the LEGO news and new sets coming out at the beginning of the year, I neglected to mention one important piece of news for LEGO fans; LEGO Digital Designer has been updated at the beginning of February with over four hundred new parts! 🙂
As we discussed previously, LEGO is planning to retire LEGO Digital Designer, however due to major outcry from the LEGO fan community, they decided to keep the software running until they have something else to replace it with. The software no longer gets updates and bug fixes, however new parts are added from time to time. You can read more about these changes here: LEGO Digital Designer – The End is Near…
The last time we got an update to the software was at the end of 2016, with LEGO Digital Designer 4.3.10. During 2017, LEGO added a large selection of new parts, and it was frustrating for LEGO fans that they were not able to use them for virtual building. However, with LEGO Digital Designer 4.3.11, pretty much all of the new parts released in 2017 were added to the database. The image below by LEGO fan CM4Sci nicely lays out most of the new elements.
LEGO Digital Designer is available both for Mac and Windows operating systems, but please read the minimum system requirements before downloading the software. You can find the download page here, and the support pages and user manual here.
Please also note that LEGO Digital Designer has three versions; the Basic Version that includes currently available pieces and colors, the Mindstorms Version for building with Mindstorms elements, and the Extended Version which includes the largest selection of parts (both current and retired) and you can select any color you want (even if they are not available). In general, the Extended Version of LDD is most useful for LEGO fans, although you will have to double check the make sure the parts and colors are actually available.
Since the future of LEGO Digital Designer is uncertain, it is also a good idea to try out some of the alternatives. Some of them are quite similar to LEGO Digital Designers, while others are more powerful but require a steep learning curve. BrickSmith utilizes the LDraw library and is created for Mac users. LDraw is for Windows, Mac and Linux. MecaBricks is a browser-based software and is similar to how LDD works. MLCad is also based on LDraw and is a very powerful CAD system for Windows and Linux. And Stud.io by BrickLink is also very similar to LDD and works both on Windows and Mac, with the added benefit of being fully integrated with the BrickLink marketplace.
What do you think? Do you use LEGO Digital Designer? And have you tried out the new parts selection yet? Are there any interesting pieces that you have noticed in the database? Or are there any issues that you ran into? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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